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Badrakali Amman Temple


The temple of Badrakali Amman is situated in Madapuram a small village, on the banks of the river Vaigai. The village is located in Thirupoovanam, in Sivaganga district. The temple is close to Tirupoovanathar Temple extolled in Thevaram hymns. Ayyanar is the guardian deity of the place. Lord Vinayaka is praised as Vinai Theerkum Vinayaka – Vinayaka who releases devotees from their Karmas.

About The Temple

Madapuram kali is considered as one of the Kaval deivams of Madurai Pandyan king. Around 2300 years back, Madapuram was hemmed by thick thorn forest.

The pedestal on which Mother Shakti stands is long and wide. Adorning a crown of fire and holding her weapon, the trident facing the earth, Mother Badrakali appears as a deity of annihilation of evils. The trident symbolises the destruction of evil. The fire on the head prevents the recurrence of the evil and reduces them to ashes and her standing posture shows that she is waiting to protect the devotees.

Ayyaanar is the guardian deity of the temple. He is considered as the ruler of the place by the people. While Sri Ayyanar is shown astride a horse in other places, he is seen here in a standing posture in this temple. This is a very ancient temple of this region, located northeast of the Tirupoovanathar temple amidst a pleasant and green environs. It is a strong belief amongst the devotees that the very name of Madapuram Kali would shake the miscreants. This is a very famous temple in the district.

Legend and Stories

During that period, Lord Shiva, Brahma and Vishu along with Goddess Gowri went hunting. Lord Shiva told Parvathy not to accompany them. As Parvathy did not want to be left alone, Lord Shiva created a child named "Ayyanar” to be with her. Parvathy wished Lord Shiva to sanctify this place as a holy one and Lord Shiva accepted her wish and sanctified this place by proclaiming that taking bath in the Vaigai river within 3 kms from this place is equivalent to taking a dip in Kasi.

Goddess Parvathy remained here as KALI and when a devotee wanted to make an offering to her, she ordered him to provide a horse-shaped roof for her. Lifting his two legs, he provided shade and from that day onwards, Goddess Kali blessed the devotees in this form.

During the pralaya, Madurai was flooded by water and vanished. Mother Meenakshi prayed to Lord Shiva to identify the borders of Madurai. Lord Shiva took of the Adisesha from his neck and rounded off Madurai. He created the borders with Tiruvedagam in the west, Tiruparankundram in South, Tirumalirunjolai in north and Madapuram in the south, thus joining the tail and face of the divine serpent. Mother swallowed the venom of the snake and became furious. Ayyanar offered His horse to Ambica to give Her a cool shade. Hence Ayyanar is extolled as Adikalam Katha Ayyanar. Mother Badrakali in this temple is taking care of the welfare of Her devotees.


Every Friday is a festival day in the temple drawing huge numbers of devotees. Poornima puja (new moon day) Milk Abishek, 1008 lamp puja on the first Tuesday of each Tamil month are very devotionally celebrated in the temple.

How To Reach Badrakali Amman Temple


Bus facilities are available to Madapuram from Madurai and Sivaganga. The place is 19 km from Madurai and 30 km from Sivaganga.


The Nearest railhead is Madurai and Manamadurai railway station.


The Nearest Airport is Madurai airport.

Temple Address

Badrakali Amman Temple,
Madapuram, Sivaganga district.


Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-

  • For peace
  • For success in all endeavours
  • fight and succeed in their court affairs
  • grants all the courage to the devotees to stand the attacks of enemies
  • burns the effects of black magic and spells applied on Her devotees by enemies.

Jayantii Manggalaa Kaalii Bhadrakaalii Kapaalinii Durgaa Shivaa Kssamaa Dhaatrii Svaahaa Svadhaa Namostu Te

Meaning -We salute the Devi Kali, who is always victorious and always auspicious, we offer salutations to Bhadrakali Devi who wears a skull garland, we salute Shiva's consort and the embodiment of self-control and supports all beings, Devi Durga, who is Swaha as well as Swadha. We offer our salutations to you.

Om Maha Kalyai Ca Vidmahe Smasana Vasinyai Ca Dhimahi Tanno Kali Prachodayat

Meaning -Om the great Goddess Kali who stays in the ocean of life and burial grounds, we focus our energies on you, may you grant us our wishes and bless us

Kaalika Kalahey Gorey Paathuthvaam Parameshwari Mandapey Thathra Mathangi Thatha Sowmya Swayamwarey

Meaning -Let the ever charming, mother of the universe, protect us and stay in this mandap and bestow her blessing on us as mother Mathangi.

Katyayani Mahamaye Mahayoginyadheeshwari Nandgopsutam Devipatim Me Kuru Te Namah

Meaning -Oh Goddess Katyayani, the great vigour of the Lord, the owner of great magical power and the mighty one who controls all, please make the son of Nanda Maharaj my husband. I offer my salutations to you.


The temple is opened between 6.00 am and 8.00 pm and on Friday, it is opened between 6.00am and 9.00 pm

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